Monday, September 21, 2015

Grateful Heart || Friends IRL

I had the privilege of attending the Influence Conference last week, and honestly, I went into it without any expectations. I mean, I was really excited to get to meet my blog buddies, Emily, Rebecca, and Cassie...and I'll be honest, I was a little terrified that they wouldn't like me!! But besides meeting them, I didn't really have expectations. I knew God would teach me things, but I guess I hadn't fully prepared my heart for that part of the weekend. 

I'm still processing how God worked in these couple of days. My heart is overflowing with all the Goodness that can only come from Him. But I'm nervous to write down the things He laid on my heart. Not because I'm embarrassed or think it's weird, or that maybe what I learned isn't good enough. But my fear is that I'll ramble a whole list of all the things God taught me and that my actions won't back any of it up. Because I've definitely done that before. And I think that's probably more dangerous than having not attended this conference at all. 

And so....I process. And work on my words. And actions. And write down ways I can be intentional with what He's put in my heart these last few days. 

And I'll probably be texting my girls a lot. Laughing with them, probably crying some more, and remembering all the ways God has shown us His Goodness and Love. 

And yes.....the love for Michael Bolton is very real.  So grateful that I got to experience it.

Emily teaching me the ways of Michael.

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

16 comments:

Southern Komfort Blog said...

Gah I love this! I hope to one day meet each of ya'll :)

Cassie Lee said...

That photo is amazing. I can't wait to hear more about what God did in your heart this weekend. And HOW COULD I NOT LOVE YOU?!

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

I'm right there with you - I'm praying and working hard to keep everything I re-learned and newly learned and remembered and felt this weekend close.


And seriously- BEST PICTURE EVER.

Michelle said...

Sounds like a breathe of fresh air for all of you! I can't believe you got to meet Emily. I just think the world of her! Take it all in, process it and then take one day at a time. From Grateful Heart

TheAdventuresofBugandBoo said...

I definitely feel that way too, afraid my actions wouldn't back up what I write. Eventually I'm going to have to take a flying leap and just go public with what I think I was tasked with....once I've worked through it myself first I think.
You two ladies are the best accountability partners I could ever want! And laughter partners :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes!! How fun would that be? I mean, I guess that's what we have heaven for, but it would be fun before then! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Hahaha...oh it was cray...as soon as MB came on her parents were like, "Oh, it's Michael Bolton!" And she started signing. I tried to get it on video, but she wouldn't let me!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Hahaha...still wish I got a video of the solo, but just glad it's tucked away in my memory forever. :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

I KNOW! I feel the same way...and just so you know, she's just as amazing in person as she is on her blog, genuine kind, funny, and loves Jesus.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Ah, I feel the same way. Still processing. God is working. Being home today was hard, but so good. The perfect chance to put into practice what I've learned. Definitely need to get it out eventually. I really think it will help the processing. And then I can have people hold me accountable! Praying for you...call or text anytime. :) xoxo

Anne @ Love the Here and Now said...

I am so happy for you ladies....and your new love of Michael! ;)

ashortblonde said...

That photo explains it all -- Haha!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Ah, thanks Anne!! We definitely missed you...we talked about you several times! And yes, Michael...I feel like my friendship with Emily was taken to a whole new level!! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Haha...the love for Michael is very very real. :)

Leelee said...

Hearing stories like this inspire me to meet my blogging friends in person.

Amy @ Set Free said...

YES! It's so much fun! Even when they're more amazing in real life than they are online. :)